Teddy Bares (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Teddy Bares

Making the leap with cheek and charm

Stand-up comedy is an act of onanism. The trick is to make the audience feel like their satisfaction is the aim and Teddy observes this rule well in his rambling discourse on his travails in love. The Dunfermline-born 28-year-old with pinchable cheeks mixes tales of self-effacement and downright shame with digressional gags and observational gems. Ten years on the circuit have honed his ability to hold a room (even the unforgivingly small, hot and bright Stand IV) and ad lib at will: a creaking door is a 'heckle from a haunted house'. He even inserts copious expletives and some risqué jokes easily into his confessional autobiography with knowing self-reference lessening the sting.

It can often be hard to make the leap from 20-minute sets to a solo Fringe show but Teddy teases his material out into continuous rolling waves of chuckles. It would, however, benefit from some added framework: the comedic equivalent of an introductory paragraph and some signposts. Teddy can woo a room; let's hope he can get the girl.

The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, until 24 Aug (not 11), 10.40pm, £6 (£5).

Teddy Bares

  • 4 stars

In 'Teddy Bares' the Scottish circuit regular tells autobiographical tales of love and despair with charm. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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